Babe Rainbow is here to answer the question, “What would it be like wearing refractive sunglasses in a field of wildflowers if the sensation was a song?” The psych-rock band’s dreamy sound is easy to glean from looking at the photos on their Instagram page, which includes sun-kissed movie photos, yellow-tinted sunglasses, straw sun hats, ’90s-inspired outfits 70 and of course many rainbows. But despite their soft aesthetic, the group is incredibly prolific.
Babe Rainbow – aptly described in press materials as “Australia’s good vibes factory” – has been busy in recent years. Between dropping albums on a near-annual basis (their last being 2022 The organic band), collaborating with Jaden and embarking on a tour of the United States, it’s clear that Aussie rockers have a lot on their plate. Although less than six months have passed since their previous full album, Babe Rainbow are back to drop yet another project, this time in the form of a four-track EP. Title Fresh as a head of lettucethe project (which debuts June 23) is a collection of sunny pieces to bring to the summer.
Before the release of Fresh as a head of lettuceBabe Rainbow sits down with Uproxx to talk Sade, sleep in an office building, and have a crush on Stanley Tucci in our latest Q&A.
What four words would you use to describe your music?
Staccato, adagio, groovy, sneaky
It’s 2050 and the world isn’t over and people are still listening to your music. How would you like to be remembered?
You’re in the kitchen, it’s 11:30. The sun shines on your percolator, you make coffee and you remember a dear old friend. Or as familiar as looking at the back of your own hands.
What is your favorite city in the world to perform?
Who is the person who has most inspired your work, and why?
Monty Don and Paul Myjavec born in 1985. He started it all.
Where did you eat the best meal of your life?
Any meal taken together surpasses the last. Maybe some soup Jonny made for all of us, we sat on the grass, a long lunch, kind of a long table.
Which album do you know every word from?
Every Sade record.
What was the best concert you ever attended?
I’m about to go see Dev Hynes perform symphonic works at the opera…
What is the best outfit to perform and why?
A Landhaus 3-4 piece striped suit, 2 pockets on the jacket, small fitted collar, trousers OR shorts in the same material, shopping bag, bucket or sailor hat. Our friend Tara made it for Miles.
Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
@herbie_wheeler on Instagram.
What’s your most played song in the van on tour?
Over the past 2 years, in total, is Good Morning’s “Too Young To Quit”. Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat” is pretty close too.
What’s the last thing you looked up on Google?
Which album makes the perfect gift?
Marina Allens centrifugal or Jordan Ireland spiritual walk.
What’s the weirdest place you’ve crashed on tour?
This office building in Portland. On the ground. A pillow between the six of us, great coffee the next morning.
What is the story of your first tattoo or your favorite tattoo?
None of us have tattoos.
Which artists prevent you from changing channels on the radio?
Seventies Tuberide or anything produced or recorded by Kyle Mullarky (Mullarkaccino).
What’s the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
I brought myself and my wonderful brothers into this mysterious world and Kool Breeze let me wear their new and HUGE hat for a short time.
What advice would you give to your 18 year old?
‘Love is stronger than pride.’
What’s the last show you went to?
Don Glori’s last show in Australia. Fabulous.
What movie can’t you resist watching when it’s on TV?
Breaking point, the devil wears Pradaor anything with Stanley Tucci — huge crush.
What is one of your hidden talents?
Energy-saving and being a reliable, high-quality barista.
Fresh as a head of lettuce was released on 6/23 via Eureka Music. Find more information here.